Illustration of person painting a wall
Illustration of person painting a wall

From a kitchen extension to a living room makeover, there are endless ways we can renovate our homes to increase comfort, practicality, and value.

But what rooms are at the top of our list to renovate, how much will it cost us, and have we thought about the impact it has on our home insurance?

To help answer this, we’ve surveyed 2,000 homeowners across the UK to find out the nation’s most popular home renovations and how much we’re spending on average.


The average cost to renovate your home in the UK

Survey results show that across 2,000 people surveyed in the UK, each of these rooms has been renovated by at least 75%: kitchen, bathroom, attic/loft, dining room, living room, master bedroom, second bedroom, spare bedroom, study, front garden, back garden, and utility room - with the average spend across all those rooms totalling £34,364.

illustration of ladder and money falling
illustration of ladder and money falling


What are the most expensive rooms to renovate?

Some areas are more important than others to renovate, with the kitchen being the most desired room to transform. But which are the most expensive to update on average?

It won’t come as a surprise for most that the kitchen is the most expensive room to renovate, with endless options to explore – from built-in equipment to creating a kitchen island. The bathroom also ranks as one of the most costly, alongside the living room and a playroom.


Rooms people spend the most on renovating
Rooms people spend the most on renovating



The top 5 rooms people would most like to renovate
The top 5 rooms people would most like to renovate


Which cities spend the most renovating their homes?

The amount we spend renovating our homes varies across the UK. York ranks at the top of the list as big spenders pay out £49,056. This is nearly double that of Manchester, who rank in 10th position spending an average of £27,217.


UK map showing who spends the most on renovations
UK map showing who spends the most on renovations


How much do we overspend when renovating our homes?

When renovating a home, it’s important to factor in extra budget for any, unexpected costs. On average, people in the UK go over budget by £7,765.

But which city is overspending the most when renovating their home?

Cities spending the most extra budget on renovations
Cities spending the most extra budget on renovations


What are the main challenges to watch out for when renovating your home?

The after-effect of a renovated home is usually always worth it but the renovation process can be testing.


The top 5 renovation challenges
The top 5 renovation challenges

Unsure on how renovations could impact your home insurance?

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Sources and methodology

Renovations covered include improving structures within the home that are broken, outdated or damaged, and can involve the conversions of existing places, changes in structure, adding an extension, and replacing a defective object or area within the property. These renovations do not include decorating a room or space. Playroom is defined to be a child's room that contains games and toys but is not a bedroom.

OnePoll survey results

OnePoll survey was carried out between 03/07/20 and 10/07/20 to 2,000 UK participants. All participants were required to be a homeowner to participate in the survey.

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